Visiting charming Olinda – oh! Linda!

Woke up around 7.30 after a really good nights sleep. I have such a great bed, it’s so big, but the best thing are the pillows – perfectly fluffy! Haha. Yeah, I’m couchsurfing again, in Recife, with a lovely host, José. I will tell you more about him and Recife in another post, this one will be about Olinda :)

Olinda
 is about 7 km north of Recife in the north-eastern Brazilian state of Pernambuco. There are direct buses from Recife there for about 3 reails.

When I arrived a city guide met me up and asked if I wanted a guided tour. It’s ”free”– you give what you want after the tour.. And my guide was so nice, walked around with me a couple of hours telling me so much, so to give to little is very hard face to face. Haha. But yeah, when you think about it, maybe it’s not so much to give around 15 dollars.. But still it wasn’t planned expenses.

The Olinda faculty. Lovely buolding!

The Olinda faculty. Lovely building!

The only dutch house here!

The only dutch house in Olinda!

Vlamir, my guide, is born and raised in Olinda, and has been working as a guide since he was 10 years old :) So I would guess about 20 years now. He told me this city is very famous because it’s carnival – it’s said to be the best in Brazil.. (I don’t know if this is the general opinion though), but it’s very famous though :)

Olinda is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It’s one of the oldest towns in Brazil.

For being such a small town, at least the historical center, it has surprisingly many churches!

Igreja Nossa Senhora do Carmo

Igreja Nossa Senhora do Carmo

Convento São Francisco

Convento São Francisco

Igreja Nossa Senhora do Amparo

Igreja Nossa Senhora do Amparo

Igreja Nossa Senhora da Graça

Igreja Nossa Senhora da Graça

Igreja da Sé in Alto da Sé. This was the first church built in Brazil, built in 1540 and was briefly a Protestant church during the Dutch occupation in the 17th century.

Igreja da Sé in Alto da Sé. This was the first church built in Brazil, built in 1540. All the other churches faces this church, which is the main church.

View from the hill, all the churches facing

View from Igreja da Sé, you see all the churches are facing the hill (alto da Sé)

It was founded in 1537 by the Portuguese. From the 16th century onward, many churches and convents were built. But then in 1631 the city was pillaged by the Dutch and they destroyed almost everything.  About 25 years later the Portuguese returned and started to restore, so now most of the buildings at Olinda date from the 18th century.

The scenery is beautiful – it’s a colonial architecture so there are small houses in many colors, together with a lot of flowers and trees. From the hills in Olinda you also see the blue-turquoise water.. really beautiful!

Olinda’s is a calm and safe place to walk around, a nice breeze compared to the hectic Recife.

Street, trees and worker.

Street, trees and worker.

Colors!!

Colors!!

Colonial Olinda and further away, modern Recife

Colonial Olinda and further away, modern Recife

One of the streets in Olinda. Hills!

One of the streets in Olinda. Hills!

Olinda

Olinda

There are many artist and craftspeople studies and galleries to visit here too, and markets to have tapioca, coco-water or ice-cream. :)

Oh by the way I forgot to tell you why the name is Olinda – it’s said that when the Portuguese arrived to the Hill in Alto da Sé, and saw the view over the town, they said ”Oh, linda situação para se construir uma vila!” (in portuguese, oh, beautiful place to build a village!)

 

Hello from Alto do Sé :)

Oh, linda view from the hill Alto do Sé :)

Definitively worth a visit :)

 

The famous beach town Pipa

When I arrived on friday I checked in at the hostel, Media Veronica Hostel. Then I quickly went out to have some dinner, because I was reeaaally hungry. I got tips about ”Dona Branca”, an all you can eat-buffét for 10 reales. The whole buffet was organic and vegetarian, delicious stuff! Then apart you order your meat och your fish, so it was perfect for me as a vegetarian! And the Mango-juice I had was the best I’ve ever had!!

Later I met up with Iralice and Lazaro, went to an italian restaurant and I tried the carpifrutas (like a carpirinha but of fruit if i understood it right). Mango aswell. :)

The restaurant Dona Branca, where you can eat all you want for 10 reales :) The whole buffet is vegetarian, and then you order meat or fish apart if you want to! Great!

The restaurant Dona Branca, where you can eat all you want for 10 reales :) The whole buffet is vegetarian, and then you order meat or fish apart if you want to! Great!

With Lazaro and Iralice :) Tried the "carpifruta", which is like a carpirinha but made of fruit. I chose mango. Really good!

With Lazaro and Iralice :) Tried the ”carpifruta”, which is like a carpirinha but made of fruit. I chose mango. Really good!

Then we went down to the main street. Wow. So much people everywhere! And the music was SOO loud. There were like 3 bars just besides each other who were competing about who had the highest music. Haha. We went into a place where they had a nice Samba concert, and I ran into the Spanish couple, they are so fun :) I met some of Iralice nand Lazaros friends there too.

Praia de Pipa is one of Brazil’s most famous beach towns. Pipa is located in Rio Grande do Norte, south of Natal. People from all over brazil and the world comes here to visit and then become residents. It’s very cosmopolitan and international. To me it felt a little bit too much touristic this night, like the typical charter-town.. :/ People were so over-produced here, having heels and lot of make up… not really that relaxed.. :/

With Iralice, Paul, Eva and Victor

With Iralice, Paul, Eva and Victor

Out dancing to a Samba concert

Out dancing to a Samba concert

Next day a car picked me up at the hostel and drove me to Praia do Madeiro where I had a surf lesson. I hanged out with an Argentinian couple. The husband and I were the only ones in the class, and it costed 40 reais for an almost private surf lesson PLUS free use of the surf board for the rest of the day! And the pickup too. Great deal compared to the 80 reales I paid in Florianopolis for a surf lesson together with 12 other people only. Big like!

The cool thing about the beaches here in Pipa, specially the Praia do Golfinhos, is that there are wild dolphins here! Swimming and playing around you in the water. :) I was a little unfortunate that during my stay there were quite many waves, then the dolphins don’t go so close to the shore. But the day before, the spanish couple told me they were everywhere around them in the water! Oh… wish I could have lived that! But still, I saw dolphins every day, just that I wasn’t able to touch them..

Surfing a little wave

Surfing a little wave

 

Praia do Madeiro, good for surfing!

Praia do Madeiro, good for surfing!

Haha. So cool little surfer guys.

Haha. So cool little surfer guys.

 

On my way between praia de golfinos and praia madeiro. When there's a low tide you can walk between the beaches. :)

On my way between praia de golfinos and praia madeiro. When there’s a low tide you can walk between the beaches. :)

 

At praia do golfinos. Usually there are like 10 times more dolphins here but since it has been quite weavy here there weren't many around now :(

At Praia do Golfinos. The dolphins beach.. It’s not shark fins but Dolphin fins :)

At night I was invited for dinner to Pousada Cabalho Marino, which is Lazaros Pousada (that he owns). He loves cooking and invites his friends over for dinner a couple of times a week, so sweet! :) To bad I don’t eat fish or meat, but the veggie options were really good too. It was all international haha, the only brazilian there was Iralice, the rest were very well-traveled travelers. Paul from New Zealand had been out of his country since he was 23! And I don’t know how old he is now, but I would guess around 45-50 maybe? He has been living here in Pipa for 7 years.. And Lazaro had been out for 12 years and living in Pipa for 4 years.. A danish girl and a dutch guy also 4-5 years..and so on!

After dinner we went to the principal road again and had some drinks, went to another Samba concert and then a Rock gig. :)

Lazaro invited us over for a great dinner at his Pousada. :)

Lazaro invited us over for a great dinner at his Pousada. :)

Haha, tall guy!!

Haha, tall guy at Agoras bar!!

The streets in Pipa a saturday night.... so crowded!! uhh...

The streets in Pipa a saturday night…. so crowded!! uhh…

Live rock band at the pub

Live rock band at the pub

Next day I walked from Praia do Pipa to Praia do Golfinhos, where I run into the Argentinian couple again. Then we decided to go surfing again and walked to Praia do Madeiro. All and all it was about an hour walk :) When there is a low tide you can walk between the beaches, if not you have to take the road above the beach, but it’s not as fun :) This time we surfed ourselves without a teacher, costed 15 reales to use the board as much as we wanted. Reeeally difficult to read the waves. Also I noticed I didn’t enjoy it as much because it’s a lot of ”rodding” with the arms and not so much surfing. I think I actually prefer windsurf :) 

Praia do Pipa in the morning

Praia do Pipa in the morning

The way between Praia do Pipa and Praia do Golfinos. :)

The way between Praia do Pipa and Praia do Golfinos. :)

Little Bastian out on a walk

Little Bastian out on a walk

Flor was like "Oh! You are just beautiful there! Let me take a picture!!!" haha. :)

Flor was like ”Oh! You are just beautiful there! Let me take a picture!!!” haha. :)

After sunset I walked around and visited some stores and then I had dinner at Donna Brancas again. And I ate so much!!! The whole plate, because if you waste food, you have to pay extra 3 reales. And I was so so so full, but I had to eat my plate. Delicious.. but later my stomach hurt and I could move at all.. haha. Fell asleep in my hostel. I’m glad that I’m alone in my room :) It’s a dorm with 5 beds, and the first day there were two girls there, but they left early morning next day and since then I’ve been alone the whole time, almost like a private room but I only pay 25 reales for it :)

Dinner at Dona Brancas... buffét for 10 reales, eat all you want.. but if you don't eat up what you have on your plate you pay 3 reales extra.. so I ate everything... and I was soooo full I couldn't move...

Dinner at Dona Brancas… buffét for 10 reales, eat all you want.. but if you don’t eat up what you have on your plate you pay 3 reales extra.. so I ate everything… and I was soooo full I couldn’t move…

On monday I tried a new beach that Iralice told me was her favorite, it’s in the south side of Pipa, called Praia do Amor, the love beach. And it was beautiful! I think this is the one I liked the most. It was fewer people there and the hang out is nicer, and the water seems more turquoise then the others :)

At the evening I walked around on the streets, bought a little souvenir from a nice art shop and then I had dinner at a new place, called ”Cook”, which has quite many vegetarian dishes. I had a pie with salad, and it was the greatest pie crust I’ve ever had, integral and perfect texture, really don’t know how they managed that. :)

Visiting Praia do Amor, the beach of love!

Visiting Praia do Amor, the beach of love!

Praia do Amor, to me, the most beautiful one!

Praia do Amor, to me, the most beautiful one!

In the store. The lady in the pink shirt paints all these.

In the store. The lady in the pink shirt paints all these.

Had the greatest integral pie at "Cook", they have great vegetarian food there!! Recommended!!

Had the greatest integral pie at ”Cook”, they have great vegetarian food there!! Recommended!!

I like the streets at night. I just don't like the cars.

I like the streets at night. I just don’t like the cars.

At night I had a 3 hours and 15 minutes long skype-talk with Duilio! Haha. Nice to hang out a little :)

Now I’m sitting here in the hostel the last hour before heading to the bus station…. I’m not so sad about leaving Pipa.. It’s a nice place, it’s cheap here, the beaches are good, the food is good, people are friendly, you can surf and relax here… but to me, it’s not as charming as Floripa or Jeri. 

Time for Recife!

 

 

A short and slightly problematic visit to Natal

The bus trip to Natal was ok, it just took a few hours longer then it was supposed to, and I don’t know why really. Isac, (a Spanish guy I met in Jericoacoara and spend a few hours in the bus station in Fortaleza) told me it took him two hours extra too when he did that trip. I slept almost the whole trip, except for a few hours of talking to Victor and Eva (a Spanish couple who I met on the bus station in Fortaleza). They have been together for like 25 years or something, and have traveled a lot! They are so funny to hang out with! : )

A little spanish gathering at the bus station with Isac, Eva and Vitor, all from Spain!

A little spanish gathering at the bus station with Isac, Eva and Vitor, all from Spain!

We arrived in Natal and my host had written to me that I should take bus nr 30 from the Rodoviaria and jump of in a square where there is a church. Easy peasy. But no! So many problems!

I started by asking a taxidriver outside the rodoviara where bus nr 30 goes from. He didn’t know, so he talked to another taxi driver, who talked to another, and they asked me where I was going, and said that bus nr 30 doesn’t go there, so they called my host with my phone to ask for directions, and talked for over 7 minutes – passing by my phone to one and another and then back to the first one etc etc. They ended up all my credit on my phone (like 25 reales) and almost all my battery (9% left) – and still didn’t get to anything concrete! I was fucking mad at them, because it didn’t help anything at all. So I couldn’t call my host if something would happen, and I knew that he had to leave his home 20 minutes later and that I probably wouldn’t have time to get there in time.

Second thing is that I get on the bus (no problem, just across the street), and I ask the driver to let me off in a square where there is a church, I had no name or anything, but I had a map on my phone which I showed them. And about 20 minutes later they notify me that this is my stop. I get off… and I don’t know what to do. Wait until my host calls me? I was really hungry, so I found a restaurant, and thank god they had wifi and outlets so I could charge my phone. I talked to Rafa through whatsapp (thank god for Rafa) and he messaged my host Breno and said where I was. I had dinner and waited like 1,5 hours before getting an answer to Rafas phone. It was not the right place.. Apparently it was quite far away from his square and church… wtf.

Instead he said that I should go to another place at an avenue… I ask a few guys in a bar close by which bus I should take to this place and they show me the right bus stop (btw; the bus stops don’t have an marks with numbers on which buses that passes there or times or anything, just a “Bus stop” sign and you have to know which bus passes on which place in your head).

After a while the guy comes back to the bus stop and says that it’s a red day today and the busses only passes by like once in an hour, but that he can take me to that place on his motorbike. So, I jump on his motorbike, together with my big backpack on my back, and my two other bags under each arm. Haha!

I arrived well and met up with Breno who picked me up with his car. We got to his house and wow, I had no idea! They were like 10 people there! Haha. He lives in a “Republica”, which is like a student home. They are 6 people sharing a huge house. Really nice, with pool, living room, big kitchen, and everyone have their own room! They were all really sweat and nice people. I agreed on meeting up with some of them next day to go to Forte dos reis magos and Parque Das Dunas and then watch the sunset from there, but later at night I got a message that she had a doctor’s appointment with her son that she had forgotten about. Well well. Things worked out well anyways – I shared room with Iralice – and she invited me to go to Pipa with her tomorrow evening instead, she was leaving after her work.. perfect! :)

Brenos and the houses friends, so nice people! :)

Brenos and the houses friends, so nice people! :)

Iralice and I exchanged some tips, beads and creations. I got the hippie-hair thing with flowers!

Iralice and I exchanged some tips, beads and creations. I got the hippie-hair thing with flowers!

Iralce makes bijouteries and have classes in that. Very nice creations! I showed her some of my bracelets and she was really impressed my the macramé knots and had always wanted to learn how to do it, so I showed her the basics :) She gave me a flower head band (really beautiful!!) and some nice turquoise beads :)

Next day I woke up and spent a little time with my host Breno in the morning. Then I got a ride together with Griego (one of the guys living there) who was going to a library close to Ponte de Todos and he left me in that area so I could make some sight seeing in Natal :)

Natal, the capital of the state Rio Grande do NorteA lot of people get to Natal to use it as a base to explore the state, which is supposed to have some beautiful sites. Natal itself does not have a fascinating Historical Center or a vivid nightlife, but instead it’s significantly calmer then other larger cities.

I walked along the coast and past by a stand where they sell coconuts, and a guy starts talking to me.. I ignore and keep on walking, found a place to have some breakfast and order a tapioca and a coffee. Then the same guy comes into the place and asks to join me!! “No” I say “Are you married??” he answers. Haha. OMG so persistent!! He sat down at another table just in front of me looking at me. I was very uncomfortable. Then he gives the waiter a note to give me. Haha. He really tries to talk to me but I say I am not interested at all. Then he apologies and leaves me. But weird.. Well… the tapioca was good anyways!! Haha.

Coffee and another stunning tapioca - much thicker then I had before, and since I was hungry I was glad :) Nutella, leche condensada and banana :)

Coffee and another stunning tapioca – much thicker then I had before, and since I was hungry I was glad :) Nutella, leche condensada and banana :)

A guy, "Aleksandre", gave me this... haha

The note the guy wrote to me… haha. Starts with ”God afternoon! I got enchanted with your beauty and I would like to know you”…. :)

I visited a handricraft market, got saldo to my phone  and then walked along the beaches Praia do Meio and Praia dos Artistas to the famous bridge Ponte Newton Navarro and then back. I passed by two dark-skinned fat Brazilian girls who were dancing Funky (like Braziian regueton) in their tanga-bikinis on the sidewalk, with their chest towards the sea and their really big asses towards the cars.. Damn I wish I would have dared to ask if I could take a picture, it was so funny!

View over the beach from the other side

View over the beach from the other side

The new bridge, Ponte Newton Navarro

The new bridge, Ponte Newton Navarro

I like that they have like chess-boards between the benches!

I like that they have like chess-boards between the benches!

View over the beach in Natal

View over the beach in Natal

Closed hotel.... Spectacular!

Closed hotel…. Spectacular!

Went back home to pack my bag and ask how to get to Parnamirim, where Iralice works and where I was meeting her. Joggi drew me a nice map how to get to Parnamirim, but Breno just came home from work there and he drove me to the bus station where the buses goes to Parnamirim. Met up with Iralice there and got off to Pipa. She goes there every weekend to get out of Natal and has been doing it for like 5 years or so. :)

I feel bad that I didn’t spend more time with Breno, I think it’s the first host I had which I haven’t got to know really. But I sort of shared my little time together with like 4 flatmates and 4 friends so… haha.

By the way.. The traffic is horrible here! They really don’t know how to drive… or they don’t respect any rules The public transport doesn’t work, so everybody gets a car, and then there’s so much traffic jam.. it’s a city with a population like Stockholm, but no metros or trains, only buses but no special bus lanes on the highway or the roads, so the buses gets stuck in the traffic jam aswell, and no one respects any laws in the traffic AT ALL. Haha

Excursion to Lagoa Azul in Jericoacoara

On Monday we went on an excursion in Deboras car to Lagoa Azul and Lagoa do Paraiso. Where she had parked the car, there was some cajú trees, and I had my first bite of the cajú fruit! Can’t say it was my favorite, but it was fun to try. And I saved the cashew-nut as a souvenir. For you who doesn’t know, the cashew nuts comes from this tree, so it’s one nut on every fruit! Amazing huh! 

Holding a cajú fruit, the little thing there in the top is  a cashew-nut! Yeah!! One on every fruit!

Holding a cajú fruit, the little thing there in the top is a cashew-nut! Yeah!! One on every fruit!

The cashew-tree!

The cashew-tree!

The roadtrip was nice :) We passed by sand dunes, other small fishing villages and kite places, the famous lazy tree, more wild donkeys and horses, and about one hour later we arrived to a calm and beautiful lagoon. Yes damas y caballeros, damer och herrar, this is paradise!! 

Blue water, white sand, tables, chairs and hammocks IN the water!!!

Wild donkeys

Wild donkeys along the way

Lagoa azul!

Arriving in Lagoa azul!

Isn't this paradise?!

Isn’t this paradise?!

Great great day.. I was so happy… we had some wine and beers and food (I had an ice cream, because I was the only one who woke up earlier to have the big buffet breakfast at Posada Mauricio where I’m a steady guest now, haha).

Did some bracelets sitting on a chair in the water, some siesta in the hammock, some swimming in the lagoon and I also tried Stand Up Paddle!!! So much fun! :) Me and Deb hired two S.U.Ps and went around in the lagoon. The rent guys were impressed that it was my first time, said I had a very good balance. Woho :) But it was quite easy, even if it was quite windy sometimes.

Me and Debora :)

Me and Debora :)

Swimming :)

Swimming :)

Peaceful...

Peaceful…

Lagoa Azul... :)

Lagoa Azul… :)

 

Stand up paddle with Debora :)

Trying Stand up paddle with Debora :)

We met a Brazilian couple there and we joined together later to another lagoon, Lagoa do Paraiso. On our way we got stuck with the car a couple of times in the sand, and had help from other buggy drivers to get out : ) You are actually now allowed to go in normal cars there, but Debs care is quite big and steady, just that she was an inexperienced sand-driver, haha. After that, Erasmo took over and drove impressively good through the dunes!

We arrived in Lagoa da Paraiso who also was beautiful, but it was quite windy and almost nobody were there… We took a bath and then it was time to start our journey home.

Our car got stuck... jhaha

Our car got stuck in the sand… haha

Lagoa do paraiso. :)

Some love in Lagoa do paraiso. :)

Hello from Lagoa do Paraiso!

Hello from Lagoa do Paraiso! Deb, Roberta and Me

Jump!

Jump!

The brazilian couple in their buggy :)

Roberta and Arthur in their buggy :)

We in our car :) Hehe

We in our car :) Hehe

We arrived in the sunset and I went to Club Ventos to book another windsurf class for tomorrow, my last one. Then I met up with Erasmo in the street and hang there all the evening. We had a lot of visits from both people and animals :) I got a new best friend, a white cat, who every time she passed by came and sat in my lap. I even shared my fruit salad with her and her gray haired friend. :) I really enjoy just hanging on the main street. Now the festival is over and its so much calmer here! Almost no people around compared to the weekend!

Sunset

Sunset and the fishing boats

Sunset :)

Sunset :)

Cat coming to have some of my fruit salad :)

Having fruit salad and visits from hungry cats.. haha

Nadja and Deb bought dog food to give this cute dog some food.

Nadja and Deb bought dog food to give this cute dog!

Hanging on the mainstreet with my favourite persons and cat :)

Hanging on the mainstreet with my favorite persons and the cat :)

Erasmo showed me how to do a little star with steel, damn hard, but fun! Duilio would love to do this kind of work. And, one thing Erasmo said that I’ll never forget, is “You have to come back with your boyfriend for a longer time, then I’ll show you more how to work this handicraft and also you can bring your own table and your bracelets and you put your stand here next to mine!” Oh! YEAH! Definitively!

Glaube and his girlfriend joined too, and the Brazilian couple from earlier, and we armed a little beach party of our own haha. I went home around 1.30 because I was really tired (a lot of sun today), and when I left for windsurf Erasmo hadn’t come home yet, haha!

Our gang :)

Four lovely ladies and the pimp, haha!

The Jeri-gang :)

The Jeri-gang :)

In the windsurf class, which went really good, I learned how to steer to the right and to the left. Yes, I fall like 100 times too, but now I understand a little bit more how it works, but even if I know it in my head, my body doesn’t really want to do it haha. It’s against everything that is natural!! Hahah. But it was loads of fun.

Then I met up Deb and Nadja at Pedra de Mar and had some ice cream. It will never be as good as in Argentina!! The ice cream there is really delicious. Haven’t found it anywhere else! Deb told me a little about her work and showed me some pictures (she is a midwife) in one pic, she was with the grandmother, the mother and the newborn baby… and Deb was the oldest of them all!! The grandmother was 28 years old and the mother 14 years old! Craaazy…

Wild cows and high palm trees.

Wild cows and high palm trees just where the beach ends.

Later I met Erasmo at Café Do Brazil to have lunch, he was leaving today to Fortaleza together with Debora, Nadja and Glaube. :( Buhuhu. I’m really sad actually. He has been a great host, he is so relaxed but at the same time active, always doing business :) He is very caring and funny to. I have really enjoyed my stay here! Jericoacoara will not be the same without him!

He arranged so I could share room with Mariana, Glaubes girlfriend too. :)
So I changed room, then Mariana showed me the cheapest laundry where I left some clothes hehe. I went down to the beach again, sat on the puff, had some coconut water and made some bracelets. Lovely.

Oh, in between I also went to the Tapioca place again and had the greatest Tapioca with chocolate, dulce de leche, coconut and banana… do I need to say more?? Haha!

The greatest tapioca... mmmmm

The greatest tapioca… mmmmm

I went down to the beach and I finally managed to see Capoeira… and WOW!!!!! That is SO cool! And so impossible. It’s something between a camp sport and a dance. It was really fun to see, and scary too in the beginning, but then I noticed they are in good control of their body and don’t hurt each other. I’ll upload a video of it when I can! I met with Marcin, my instructor, and walked up the main street where finally the very famous chocolate cocada-cake-stand was open! So I tried it, and yes, it was delicious, probably one of the best I have tried. :)

Capoeira on the beach!!

Capoeira on the beach!!

The famouse chocolate cocada-cake!

The famouse chocolate cocada-cake!

I met the Brazilian couple again and they told me about a Samba concert at their hotel tonight, so after a shower I went over there. Nooow I understand a little bit more about Samba. In the beginning it was empty but then just like that, a lot of people showed up, and many of them danced really good Samba, yet another impossible thing! Haha. But very fun to see! Mariana was also there and she was a really great samba-dancer!!

Samba Concert at night

Samba Concert at night

Arthur, Roberta, me and the weird white thing there in my face is a butterfly! And the shadow in my face! Haha. So fun.

Arthur, Roberta, me and the weird white thing there in my face is a butterfly! And the shadow is on my cheek! Haha. So fun.

Samba night

Samba night

After the concert I went to find a wifi spot and had an hour skype-call with Duilio (te quiero) before heading home for a good nights sleep. :)

Today I went early to the beach to have my last day here.. sat on the puff again, had a coco drink, met a swedish girl! Sent some postcards, had Acai by the beach and picked up my laundry… In the evening I watched the capoeira again, then packed the bag, had dinner with Mariana and then off to Fortaleza…:(

Last day:

The main square during the day. Had to have the famous boat in some picture :)

The main square during the day. Had to have the famous boat in some picture :)

Windsurfers and a man playing capoeira-music

Windsurfers and a man playing capoeira-music

Football on the beach

Football on the beach

Beautiful sunset

Sunset again

Had dinner with Mariana at Cafe do Brazil. A eggplant sandwish, very good!!

Had dinner with Mariana at Cafe do Brazil. A eggplant sandwish, very good!!

Byeeee Jericoacoara :(

Trying windsurfing and living life in Jericoacoara!

I went out around 8 in the morning looking for a place to eat breakfast – yesterdays place wasn’t open.. but next to it there was a Pousada, Pousada Mauricio,  where people were sitting and eating. I asked If it was only for residents, but no, for 15 reales you can eat everything you want in the buffet – So I had home made yoghurt, cajú juice, melon, papaya, watermelon, granola, coffee, different cakes etc…. Haha :)

My breakfast buffet!! Home made yoghurt, cajú juice, some tropical fruits, coffee etc... :)

My breakfast buffet!! Home made yoghurt, cajú juice, some tropical fruits, coffee etc… :)

Went down to Club Ventos to have my first windsurf lesson. My instructor Marcin from Poland told me a little about the basic position, how to go with the wind etc. We trained to stand on the board ON the beach, not even in the water, and even there it was impossible! When the wind gets in the sail I fell overboard, when I didn’t get wind in the sail I fell backwards, haha. But we got in the water, and I managed to stay a little on the board, Marcin said that he thought I could be a good windsurfer some day haha.

After the class I went to the beach trying to find a spot where I don’t have hard sand blowing in my face all the time. Almost impossible. I was hiding behind some rocks but no, didn’t work for long. Haha.

Another side of Jericoacoara

Another side of Jericoacoara

Windsurfers and beach people

Windsurfers and beach people

Instead I met up Debora from yesterday and Rodina, they were sitting on some really nice puffs at a bar just by the beach, perfect. I joined and made bracelets and had another Acai there on the beach. Me and Rodina also borrowed some beach tennis rackets from a couple there and played in the shallow water. Later Erasmo and Glaube joined too.

Acai.. It's not chocolate, it's mixed acai and it's purple!

Acai.. It’s not chocolate, it’s mixed acai and it’s purple!

The perfect place for work.... ;)

The perfect place for work…. ;)

Erasmo and a strange round rainbow around the sun

Erasmo and a strange round rainbow around the sun

Went home for a shower and then out shopping with Rodina who wanted to buy something before she left. I love the stores here, there are so many with lovely interior design. I want to open my own cozy shop someday :)

For dinner I brought a falafel with me to the fish restaurant where Rodina and Erasmus were eating lobster haha. Then Rodina was leaving with the 22.30 bus, we said goodbye to her at the bus station, then run through the street to say good bye to her at another street to, haha, so funny.

Then we went to Erasmos favorite bar and had a few beers there outside, hanging with an artesanian girl who is in Jericoacoara with her boyfriend :)

Last dinner with Rodina :)

Last dinner with Rodina :)

Having some drinks on the street :)

Having some drinks on the street :)

We went down the beach later where there was a lot of people and party. As I said before, there are a lot of people here from the “nearby” towns and cities since it was some kind of red day both Friday and Monday. I went home earlish again since I had my second windsurfer class at 9 next day.

It went much better!! I managed to be on the board for quite long, like a hundred meters or something. Didn’t even notice until I looked back and saw my instructor far far away. Haha. Sooooo much fun!!!!

The windsurfing club Ventos :)

At the windsurfing Club Ventos, lots of boards!

Had a calm day, wandering around the streets talking to some handcraft people, Jose from Colombia who has been traveling for like 20 years, and then two other Brazilian guys who make hats and roses and stuff from the palmtrees. So sweet. They gave me a rose because they like that I always have a smile on my face :)

With my rose :)

With my rose :)

I went down to the beach and watched the windsurfers  and I’m really fascinated, now I see how good they are, mainly because I know how damn difficult it is just to stand on a beginners board which is like 3 times bigger then theirs, and try to control the sail in the wind that changes directions and strength… uhuh!

The one in the orange shirt is my instructor :)

Watching windsurfers, found my instructor teaching an advanced class :)

In the evening I was looking for the capoeira that they have in the beach, and I met my windsurf instructor who said it was cancelled. Instead we went up to the sand dune that’s on the left side of the beach where people go up to watch the sunset, a quite typical tourist thing which we hadn’t done yet. And in deed it was magical! The sky had many beautiful colors. :)

Sunset

Sunset

Sunset on the sand dune with Marcin

Sunset on the sand dune with Marcin

Beautiful colors in the sky!

Beautiful colors in the sky!

At night as usual I hung on the main street besides Erasmo and he showed me how he works with the steel he does his work in, impressive!! You really must have pacience.. Haha. Really nice night, it’s full moon too!

Tomorrow we are going on a excursion!

Full moon!

Full moon!

Selling :)

Selling :)

Jericoacoara – another paradise…

Ok! Let’s start from the beginning! The bus ride from Fortaleza to Jijoca was ok, took about 6 hours for the 300 km.

I had the cutest older man besides me on the trip, Francesco, who took care of me looking if I had the seatbelt on, if I was thirsty, when we stopped for lunch he helped me order and paid for my lunch, and he let me try the typical Brazilian “pão da moja”. Like a tamal but vegetarian and good vitamins!

Pao Mojao

Pao Mojao

Francesco, the electrician

Francesco, the electrician

There were no problems finding buggy car from Jijoca to Jericoacoara and it costed 10 reails. We went through the desert and the sand dunes, saw wild cows and wild donkeys. So fun people aboard, met one Argentinian who had been living here for 4 years (halv year here, half-year somewhere else), a Rio De Janeiro-man who also had been living here for 4 years and were now going to open a restaurant, and a 17 year old half german half Brazilian whose mother moved to Jericoacoara about 3 months ago. Such a good vibe! I was so excited and in such a good mood and I hadn’t even arrived in Jericoacoara yet!

Crossing sand dunes

Crossing sand dunes

But I did – and wow! First, I accidentally dropped my wallet in the sand and didn’t notice it – and a guy came to me with it! So nice to be in a good place again.

All the streets are made of sand – the whole city is like a beach! And everyone walks in flipflops. So relaxed!

Jericoacoara  is (or was) a small fishing village in the state of Ceará. it is known as the kind of idyllic place many travelers end up deciding to stay for longer than they had originally planned. There is about 3000 people living here now, and about a third are foreigners.

Since 1984, the area around Jericoacoara was declared Environmental Protection Area and it became a National Park in 2002.

I met up with my host Erasmo and his brother Glaube at the super market. Both are Brazilians but they also speak Spanish, French and English very well, because there are so much foreigners here.

We went to Erasmos room and left the bags. Erasmo is an handcrafts-man, he starts to work about 17 in the main street selling his work. I bought a anklet-bracelet (love it) and went for a walk around Jericoacoara – down to the beach to watch the sunset. Lovely.

 

Erasmo and his work!

Erasmo and his work!

Erasmo working

Erasmo working

The streets are full with hantcraft stands

The streets are full with hantcraft stands

The main street in Jericoacoara

The main street in Jericoacoara

the beachbars

the beachbars



Then I went home to fix some stuff and I met a Nepalese-German girl, Rodina, who also were couchsurfing at Erasmos place. We went out to have dinner at Kafila, and I had a delicious falafel for 10 reales. At the restaurant I also met the 17-year old german-brazilian guy hehe, yes this is small!

Rodina were supposed to leave that night, she had her ticket and everything packed, but she wasn’t mentally or emotionally ready for it, so she rescheduled it like 30 minutes before to stay 2 more days, haha.

Having falafel second pic

Having falafel second pic

I really like the vibe here. It’s like a mix of Holbox and Isla mujeres. Duilio would love it here!! There is not allowed to have street lights at night, so the lights only comes from bars and shops and the moon. There are 4 principal roads here and sand everywhere, nothing is paved!

Erasmo told me that there is two kind of people here – the ones that lives during the day – the windsurfers, kite surfers etc and the ones that lives during the night – the musicians, artisanians etc. And they barely know each other, it’s two total different enviroments :)

At night we hanged outside a beach bar where there was live music and nice hang out.
I was so tired so I went home around 3.30 when it started to be a little bit of a meat market. :p

The main street at night, haning outside a pub with live music

The main street at night, haning outside a pub with live music

Fabio, the 17 year old german guy and Rodina

Fabio, the 17 year old german guy and Rodina

Glaube playing and singing

Glaube playing and singing

Next day I woke up by my alarm at 11 and walked down the beach. I had breakfast at Casa de Pedra, a juice of “Abacaxi”, a fruit I hadn’t tried before but the waiter said she loved it- and then a Tapioca – which is like a pancake made of tapioca flour – with coalgo-cheese and goiaba-fruit. Delicious!

Tapioca with coalgo-cheese and goiaba-fruit and a juice of Abacaxi

Tapioca with coalgo-cheese and goiaba-fruit and a juice of Abacaxi

I went down to the beach and I must say this was my first disappointment – it was not that white sand and turquoise water I had imagined and seen in the pictures haha. But it’s a nice beach, it’s just that it’s SOOOO windy!!! The sand really hurts when it hits the skin.

It’s perfect for windsurfers – apparently the windsurfers paradise. There are all professionals and it looks soooo cool and soooo fun. They go so fast and do jumps and everything. I talked with a woman who had been doing it for 10 years here in Jericoacoara, and she showed me to the best club to do beginners lessons, so I booked one class for tomorrow :) Expensive, but I think it will be worth it!!

From the beach looking up to the village

From the beach looking up to the village

a lot of beach activities going on. and here you see the famouse brazilian tanga-bikini!

a lot of beach activities going on. and here you see the famouse brazilian tanga-bikini!

Windsurfers paradise

Windsurfers paradise

Then I met up with Rodina (nepa-german-girl) and she made me try Acai – (“whaaat??? You haven’t had it yet?? You must!”) haha. Acai it’s a mixed fruit, and it’s ice-cold almost like an ice-cream, and served with granola and banana. Really good, gives lots of energy!

We watched the sunset from the beach and then walked around a few stores, looking at all the amazing stuff with hand-made things. We went home for a shower and then had dinner at a vegetarian restaurant – and it was a buffet – pay for what you eat. Apparently very common here in Brazil, good thing! And the food was delicious!!!  : ) I had a Tamarindo-juice,  haven’t had that since Mexico!

Having acai

Having acai… love it!

In the evening the surfers and the stand up paddlers comes out to play :)

In the evening the surfers and the stand up paddlers comes out to play :)

Windsurfers

A mix of everything. All water sports are welcome :) 

Sunset in Jericoacoara

Sunset in Jericoacoara

There's live music in every corner!

There’s live music in every corner!

 

Vegetarian buffet!

Vegetarian buffet!

Me and Rodina having veggie dinner!

Me and Rodina having veggie dinner!

At night we sat for a while with Erasmo at his jewelry-stand, together with two French girls and later when Erasmo quit his work, we went to a Samba Party where there was a local band playing Samba and people dancing.

It was really crowded and a lot of people from Fortaleza was there because it’s holiday and nobody works this Friday hehe.

We hanged out with two Fortaleza-girls, the two French girls, three chile-girls and three Spanish girls. Haha. Multi-cultural!

The party people :)

The party people :)

The local samba band

The local samba band

The samba party, cozy with lights :)

The samba party, cozy with lights :)

Me and Rodina also got surrounded by younger Fortaleza kids who were super interested in us , they were like 10 people just asking us hundreds of questions haha. One guy had been an exchange student in Spain and he introduced me to a girl who looooooves Spain and Barcelona and really wanted to talk to me because I’m from there :) So sweet! They also said that I should keep in mind of the similarities between Rio De Janeiro – Barcelona and Sao Paolo – Madrid. Haha. :)

Very nice night, but I went home after the Samba party that ended at 2, because I had windsurf-class booked at 9am!

Fortaleza…. in one day!

So I arrived in Fortaleza on tuesday night. The trip went fine, no problems at all. From the airport a took a taxi to the adress Magda, my host in Fortaleza, had given me. Funny, the taxi driver started to drive but had no idea of where it was, we stopped three times to ask for directions… in the end I just looked at google maps and said it myself haha.

Fortaleza is the state capital of Ceará, in the north east of Brazil. It has about 2,5 million of people here and is the 5th largest city in Brazil.

Magda lives in a big house together with her parents and her sisters two daughters. But the house is connected to two other houses on each side, on the left side her brother and his two sons lives and on the right side her super cute grandmother. But there’s always people around!! I met cousins, aunts, cousins kids, boyfriends and friends etc.

My host Magda and her lovely dog mickey, sooo cute! :)

My host Magda and her lovely dog mickey, sooo cute! :)

And the portuguese was almost impossible to understand, their family speak a whole other dialect! I felt a little uncomfortable because I didn’t know where to go or what to do really, also they told me that it is quite dangerous here, people often get robbed. that I shouldn’t show my phone on the street or in the metros, have it on mute and be careful etc. :/

At night I had some fruit salad, took a shower, and then I heard a lot of people. I went out and it was Magdas younger sisters 17 year old daughter and her boyfriend, plus his brother and their two friends, all having late dinner at the house, haha. They are all involved in the church there around the corner. I laughed a lot with all of them and had a fun night, and I enjoyed Fortaleza some more.

In the pic there's Magdas mother and sisters daughter, plus her boyfriend, boyfriends brother and two other friends :) Haha

In the pic there’s Magdas mother and sisters daughter, plus her boyfriend, boyfriends brother and two other friends :) Haha

It is really hot here, it’s a typical tropical climate. We slept with two big fans in our face!

Next day I went into town together with Magda because she had a job interview at a Hotel in Beira Mar. So I went down to the beach and had breakfast, did some bracelets and enjoyed myself. It’s like an oasis to get here, were you can breath. Also the cars stop for you at the crossing here, the only place in Fortaleza where they do!

Breakfast by the beach

Breakfast by the beach

Beira Mar, a oasis in the fortaleza-rush!

Beira Mar, a oasis in the fortaleza-rush!

When Magda was ready she helped me to buy a ticket to Jericoacoara for next day, and then we wan into one of her friends on the street. Very sweet too. People here are nice! I’m surprised they live here in Fortaleza, because it’s not a good vibe in the city.. I felt uncomfortable… but in the end of the day I enjoyed it more too, I think you have to get used to the kind of rythm here.

I walked around the city center by myself, passed by the Central Market, and WOW, that was impressive!! Huge hall with three floors and filled with stores!! And so so cheap things, and beautiful too!!! I actually bought two dresses, I didn’t bring much money because I hadn’t planned on shopping… still it was very cheap, one of them costed 25 reales (10 USD) and the other 50 reales (20 USD)! And they are beautiful…. exactly my style! Hehe.

The central market... three floors filled with shops!! They have everything and super super cheap too!!!

The central market… three floors filled with shops!! They have everything and super super cheap too!!!

Love it!! I see one dress I bought there... guess which one ;)

Love it!! I see one dress I bought there… guess which one ;)

Then I passed by the cathedral, not so beautiful. Then I went to the museum of Ceara, funny thing, I sort of knew where it was because I had made a map, but people kept pointing me to different directions, so I think I wandered around about 20 minutes before finally finding it! It was free but not too interesting for me, mostly old clothes, money etc. :)

I didn't dare to walk around with my Iphone, so I did my own little map with what I was supposed to visit today... haha

I didn’t dare to walk around with my Iphone, so I did my own little map with what I was supposed to visit today… haha

The cathedral

The cathedral

I was really hungry so I had lunch at restaurant Peking that Magda said she liked. Half japanese brazilian buffet thing, but you pay per 100 grams. Fresh good food and nice juices, costed me total of 15 reales (6,5 USD).

Then I walked down to the main square, Praca do Ferreira. It’s surrounded by stores, cinemas and a lot of people hang there. Quite a nice square.

One thing I noticed here are that everyone has really fancy motorbikes, and that everyone wears helmet! First place in the whole south america where I’ve seen that actually. Good!

Praca do Ferreira, the main square in Fortaleza

Praca do Ferreira, the main square in Fortaleza

Then I walked towards the Praca Jose Alancar, and I passed by a street filled with hundreds of different stands and shops. So much stuff, also so cheap!! But I felt a little stressed with so much of everything. I bought a really good chocolate milkshake and then I sat down in the Praca Jose Alancar for a couple of hours just watching people. I also went to the theatre, and then I took the bus back home to Magda.

One of the main streets in fortaleza, literally filled with shops everywhere!! Crazy

One of the main streets in fortaleza, literally filled with shops everywhere!! Crazy

Jose Alancar park, good to catch the local street performers

Jose Alancar park, good to catch the local street performers

The Jose Alencar square

The Jose Alencar square 

The famous theater in fortaleza

The famous theater in fortaleza

Ok... this costed almost the same as my food, 10 reales, but it was absolutely worth it, best chocolate milkshake ever!!

Ok… this costed almost the same as my food, 10 reales, but it was absolutely worth it, best chocolate milkshake ever!!

I took a siesta, made some bracelets, talked a little with her family (her father like to gossip about the tv-things, haha, such a character) and Magda prepared a really good veggie dinner for me (and for the other 12 people hanging around the house).

Over all, a nice experience, but not my favorite city at all. To stressful, to crowded and unorganized.

My last days in Florianopolis

So, next day I was going to the beach with Nery and Lucas, but there was something about that they didn’t have the rail to have the surfboards in the top of the car so they had to put them inside instead, so there was no place. So instead I biked to the beach, which was another one, “Barra Da Lagoa”… And damn it was hard!! Haha. Didn’t look that far away on the map, but it was 5 km over “mountains” so there was so much uphill, I was so sweaty when I arrived. But I passed by some beautiful places along the way! So it was worth it :)

The village there close to Barra da lagoa was so sweet, a really beach-village. They had another lagoon too and the sun was shining. On the beach they had some event with tents and stuff.

I met Fernando too, one of Nerys best friends. We were on the beach a little while and then went to one of their friends houses there in the beach, apparently they rent out rooms there, and it was adorable, and just by the beach!! The house was amazing… and later Nery tells me that that guy (Gabriel) only was 16 years old!! I was like… wooooot? Haha. When did the kids grow up?? He is born in…. 1997!! I mean.. how is it even possible that someone born that year can walk and talk like an adult? Haha. Sorry! Just feels like I’m so old now, haha.

Barra Da lagoa

Surfing in Barra Da lagoa. Such a lovely beach!

The beach in Barra Da lagoa.

Barra da lagoa

Barra da lagoa

Since I had surfclass at 15 I took the bike from there to praia Joaquina, another 5 sweaty kilometers. I had something to eat on the beach before heading to the class. It costed 70 reails, which I thought was quite ok since it’s almost the same price as I paid in Mexico and Peru, buuuut, then we were like 12 people on ONE instructor!! I had almost private in Peru and Mexico, like 5 students on 3 instructors, or only me… so this was different. Still nice to be on the board but the waves were a little uneven. I got to know to Argentinian guys there and I hanged out with them and their friends, a mix of Argentinian, Colombian and Spanish people, they had all studied together in Madrid a couple of years ago and now two had got married and were on their honeymoon there! : ) Nice gang.

Praia Joaquina

Praia Joaquina

At night we were going out to a big home party but the plans changed so instead we went over to our neighbors, the Spanish guy from yesterday, Carlos, and his boyfriend André. At first it was only us plus an older lady who is visiting them, Lolita, whose parents also are Spanish, but she is born in Brazil. But then people just keep dropping in, so we were like a total of 15 people or something. Love that Lagoa is so small and people live so close by so they just come by and say hello! Also that everyone is so damn welcoming. For me, it looked like everyone knew each other since forever, but apparently some of them didn’t know each other at all. Haha. :)

Hanging out at Carlos and Andrés. The red light makes it dizzy :)

Hanging out at Carlos and Andrés. The red light makes it dizzy :)

Hanging out at Carlos and Andrés.

Hanging out at Carlos and Andrés.

It’s funny, almost everyone speaks Spanish but in the group they all spoke Portuguese. At first I had a hard time understanding and I got quite tired in my head of trying to listen and understand everything, but in the end I started to get a little bit more hang of it, also because in the end it was only Gabriel, Nery, Lolita, Andre, a sleeping Carlos and me.. and it’s funny because they are all from different cities and they all have different kind of works.. so the conversations are very interesting! Still tired in the head though. But it was a perfect night for me, just sitting in sofas talking about everything! And everyone is soo so soo so nice. If I were to live here, I really would like to have them as friends. My kind of people. :)
Next day Nery took me out for a walk around Lagoa. We went up to the church and passed by some nice graffiti walls. They have special walls where you can do nice graffiti. ;) Nery made me try his favorite fruit Pitanga that grows wildly in the trees here, and it was really good! A mix of sour and sweet. We talked about the differences in our countries, about whats important in life, about education, fears etc. He is such a great guy with good thoughts .)

Art work

Art work

The Church of Lagoa :)

The Church of Lagoa :)

Haha, look Duilio, they are bigger here!!

Haha, look Duilio, they are bigger here!!

Pitanga fruit!

Pitanga fruit!

The local trees here, guarapuvu!

The local trees here, guarapuvu!

View over Lagoa

View over Lagoa

Then we went home and I met his landlord Claudette who has a brain tumor, the doctor had given her like a thousand of different pills and year to live but she cured herself with own natural medication. Very interesting story! Also she collects money for her cause, so sleeping there costs 10 reails per night. She gave us some flowers and leaves from her trees in the garden to have in our salad, hehe. And nery did a very good mushroom risotto!

Nery and Claudette and the flowers that are eatable :)

Nery and Claudette and the flowers that are eatable :)

In the evening I met up with Miguel and Leonor which is the very sweet portuguese couple I met in Iguazu. Since it was Sunday there were a lot of people out walking, and lot of handcrafts markets.

We went to the supermarket and bought some beers and snacks, where I ran into Lolita and her daughter, so we invited them to join us to a calm green place just besides the lagoa, where we kept having nice talks until it got dark. Lolita and her daughter had to leave and Nery went home to sleep since he wakes up 6 to do yoga.

Me, Miguel and Leonor went to the supermarket and bought some sauce and pasta and then went to their place to cook dinner, which is like 500 meters from ours. They live in a lovely little villa, and in that area there are like 5 more villas. Great hang out. We made pasta with broccoli and cheese sauce, turned out great! They are truly sweet sweet couple. They are 22-23 years old and have been together for 6 years! And are both studying here now for a year. :) I’m so jealous of them! Haha.

Picknick-thingy beside the lake and talk talk

Picknick-thingy beside the lake and talk talk

Very proud of our dinner :) Miguel, Leonor and me outside their house. We all have nice shiny faces too! Hahah

Very proud of our dinner :) Miguel, Leonor and me outside their house. We have nice shiny faces too! Haha

The day after I went around in the neighbourhood San Antonio and Smabaqui which is on the other side of the island where Nery works. I walked around for a few hours and it was nice, but I like lagoa more :) But also the weather wasn’t great. On my way back I got on the wrong bus (the opposite direction) and took a whole turn around the island. Free sightseeing. ;)

Boats

Boats

The church in San Antonio

The church in San Antonio

The other side of the island

The other side of the island

Everything is perfect here except that it’s very unreliable weather. I had like 2 days of sunshine and 2 days with a mix of clouds rain and sun. Not cold here now though, but it is in, like 5-10 degrees, and in the state it even snows a few days a year.

I spent my last night at Carlos and Andrés house again, they invited us over for dinner. Yet another lovely evening talking about everything. Lolita also came by later. We started the evening speaking spanish but ended with speaking portuguese, which I almost understand now, at least I get what the conversations is about haha. :)

At Carlos and Andrés house, preparing dinner

At Carlos and Andrés house, preparing dinner

Time to eat dinner! Haha. Such a funny picture :)

Time to eat dinner! Haha. Such a funny picture :)

I know I wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much if it hadn’t been for my host Nery who introduced me to so much nice people :)

So yes, I’m sad to leave Florianopolis. I also love that you hear birds singing everywhere. And that it’s safe here, almost like in the Galapagos. :) Not looking that much forward to Fortaleza… haha.

Florianópolis feels like my place :)

The bus ride to florianopolis went well and I arrived around 19.30.  One thing along the way I like here in Brazil is that they always stop for 30 minutes in a place that has a buffet where you pay for what you eat. Good and cheap!

When I got to Florianopolis I took a bus to CIC, which is the culture center. I met up with my Couchsurfing host Nery there who was going to a  free fil-orchestra concert there with his friends. The concert was beautiful. And so were Nery and his friends. So tall! Two of them are like 2 meters. Haven’t seen anyone that tall since I left Sweden I think (except for Miel in Mexico haha).

I was surprised that they were all gay and they were two couples too. I didn’t know but apparently Florianopolis is some kind of gay-capital (?) Perfect for me! (I usually enjoy their company much more, don’t know why really, I just feel more comfortable, and also I have more fun, haha) 

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Free concert in CIC. :)

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Florianopolis filorchestra

After the concert we went home to Nery, he lives in Lagoa da Concecão, which is a bit from the center, behind a hill and next to a beautiful lagoon. Here it’s much more calmer then in the city, there is lot of surfers and skaters around here and people walk in whatever they want and flip flops. In Porto Alegre I though every woman was wearing high heels but here almost no one does (well, in the clubs they do).

On Friday Nery went to work and he lent me his bike. It was a perfect day, the sun was shining and it was neither hot or cold. I took the bike and biked around Lagoa, and it’s beautiful!! Can’t put my finger on what it is. There’s just nothing like it.

There’s this huge lagoon that is really ground and peaceful, where you see people do stand up paddle, jet ski or just out with their boats. The lagoon is surrounded by mountains, sand dunes, a mix of jungle/forest and all these small pretty houses in different colors and shops with surf and beach stuff, arts and crafts, galleries etc.

Lagoa da Conceicão. So peaceful!

Lagoa da Conceicão. So peaceful!

View over Lagoa do Conceicão

View over Lagoa do Conceicão

Stand up paddle in Lagoa :)

Stand up paddle in Lagoa :)

I went to the beach “Praia do Joaquina” which is on the other side of a hill facing the ocean. By the way, Florianopolis is an island in the state Santa Catarina in the south of Brazil. It’s considered to be one of the most secure places in Brazil, and it really is! I can walk around alone at night without any problem, even with the Iphone in my hand.

The beach was huge, white sand but dark water. It was quite windy and not so much people and surfers as I would have thought. What most surprised me, even if I already knew, is that women have so small bikinis here, and guys have speedos!! Hahaha. Yeah! Almost all the guys wear small speedos and have no chest hair either. And the women, no matter if they are fat or skinny, old or young, have tangas! Not completely tangas, but they show a lot more than half the but. Filled with cellulite and everything. It feels really weird.

Praia do Joaquina in Florianopolis

Praia do Joaquina in Florianopolis

At night I met up with Nery in the city center and went to a pub called Container which is close to the University, and it was really crowded with people of all kind, but nice hang out! We met up with Leo (from the concert) and Diego, who is an exchange student from Quito in Ecuador! Apparently both me, Nery and Diego are vegetarians, so we shared a veggie pizza there. Nery told me that it’s very common to be a vegetarian in Florianopolis, almost all his friends are. And they have a lot of organic food and restaurants too. Yes, definitively my place!

Nery, Leo and Diego :)

Nery, Leo and Diego :)

With my host Nery!

With my host Nery!

Pub Container close to the uni in Florianopolis

Pub Container close to the uni in Florianopolis

We were supposed to see a friend of theirs dancing afro dance, but we missed it exactly. Funny thing, she had studied in Santa Fe in Argentina for 6 months of all places!! Haha. We all went home to Nery and I met Carlos which is a Spanish guy who has been living in Florianopolis for 4 years now :) Later we went out to a club here in Lagoa (20 reials entrance fee) called “Casa de Noca” where a famous local band was playing, “Ze do pife”. They play regional music from the north-east of Brazil, really nice! It was an older man playing the flute and three girls in different ages and types playing drums, flute and triangle. So cool!

Local band "Ze do pife" playing regional music!

Local band ”Ze do pife” playing regional music!

It really was an experience to go out here, it’s such a mixture of different kind of Brazilians together with foreigners who lives in Florianopolis, and everyone was so friendly and happy, dancing crazily on the floor to for me very strange tribal music haha! I danced to “forron” music which is Brazilian, and there’s not really any logic in the music either, now that I just learned how and when you do the steps to salsa, merengue, bachata and cumbia… and now I get to Brazil where the music is totally different! I didn’t understand anything but I had lots of fun! Hahaha..

Also once a guy just took my hand and brought me into the center of the local and I was like “whaat?” but there everyone was holding hands in a circle and dancing around in circles too, it’s called “Ciranda” and is also a Brazilian thing. SO much fun!!! It felt like everyone connected there, like we were all united, not just strangers to each other!

Yeah, I really like it here.  All of Nerys friends are great and the others too! Haha. And people are SO beautiful!! I don’t know if they really are or if it just seems like that.. they all have like a special glow! It just feels so relaxed here and people are just in harmony, and they are so welcoming and open-minded!!

Also, so many speak Spanish!! At least Portuñol as they say :) I’m really surprised.. and glad! :)